Rutland to Host Second “Know What to Do About the Flu” Forum

For Immediate Release:
Sept. 24, 2009

Media Contact:
Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

RUTLAND – The second “Know What to Do About the Flu” forum will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Rutland Holiday Inn, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hosted by the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Emergency Management, the forums provide an opportunity for local leaders and residents to learn about preparations now underway for the new flu – 2009 H1N1 influenza – along with the regular seasonal flu this fall.

The first forum in Burlington on Sept. 22 was attended by approximately 100 people. Upcoming forums are planned for Sept. 30 at Springfield High School, Oct. 1 at Lyndon Institute, and Oct. 7 at the Barre Opera House.

“Vaccine for seasonal flu is beginning to come into the state, and Vermonters are encouraged to get their flu shot as early in the season as they can,” said Health Commissioner Wendy Davis, MD. “Public clinics begin soon and will be available statewide.”

State officials will also discuss preparations for offering H1N1 vaccine first to those groups of people most at risk for serious illness.

People who are sick with influenza can spread the virus through coughs and sneezes. If you’re sick with flu-like symptoms (usually a fever of 100ºF or more, sore throat, bad cough, body aches or chills, extreme fatigue, sometimes vomiting or diarrhea) stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after fever has gone away.

Extensive information, tools and resources about seasonal and pandemic flu, healthy habits and preparedness are available at the Health Department’s website: healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1. You can also follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/healthvermont.

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